2011 Cabernet Shootout Results – Scores: Women Judges


2011 Cabernet Shootout Results
Scores: Women Judges
Scores: Women Judges Bang for Your Buck
Scores: Men Judges
Scores: Men Judges Bang for Your Buck

heartheartheartheart = Love at First Sip = Gold Medal

For Giving 2008 Godspeed Cabernet Sauvignon
Mt. Veeder, $90.00

25 cases produced
(93)
Female: Rich wood aromas with dark cherry and cigar emanate from the glass…very enticing. Lovely! Easy to drink yet plenty of interesting layers – the dark and lush fruit is accented by fennel, coffee, dark chocolate, and currant.”This is a documentary you want to watch.”
Miner Family Winery 2007 The Oracle Cabernet Blend
Napa Valley, $90.00

2169 cases produced
(93)
Female: Earthy notes rise from the glass. Black currant and black cherry flavors mingle nicely with spicy earth notes and tobacco. Firm tannins suggest cellar aging will be beneficial. Well-balanced, nice oak integration. Lovely lingering finish.
Serene Cellars 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $54.00

800 cases produced
(93)
Female: “This smells like serious stuff.” The complex nose has layers of cherry and black cherry fruit, herbaceousness, and coffee. A masculine style – that is nicely built with solid cranberry, blueberry, and pepper flavors with hints of eucalyptus and black currant. Toasted walnut and brown sugar on the finish. Nicely structured with plenty of lively acid on the long finish.
VGS 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $75.00

425 cases produced
(93)
Female: Sandalwood, brown baking spices, and black pepper jump from the glass. Intense black cherry, cherry pie, and cassis flavors. A lovely example of elegance and finesse in a bottle. Nicely layered palate. “Polished…like the Queen of England always wearing gloves and a hat.” Not a big finish. But nicely balanced.
B.R. Cohn 2007 Special Selection Olive Hill Cabernet Sauvignon
Sonoma Valley, $100.00

400 cases produced
(92)
Female: Alluring aromas of cedar, and allspice joined by bayberry candle and bright cherry. The nose just keeps on giving and opens to aromas reminiscent of blackberry and baked fig squares with walnut streusel topping. Dense and chewy in the mouth. “A big overstuffed chair. Be careful this wine will draw you in!”
Bonneau 2007 Hyde Cabernet Sauvignon
Los Carneros, $60.00

200 cases produced
(92)
Female: Alluring pepper, black tea, and black cherry aromas arise from the glass. The wine is nicely balanced and shows great intensity. Black cherry is replicated on the palate with black pepper, cocoa, and leather accents. Great tannin structure. This is a seductive wine with many hidden secrets. Beautiful!
CYRUS 2007 Estate Cabernet Blend
Alexander Valley, $60.00

2900 cases produced
(92)
Female: Menthol, cigar box, and bright cherry on the nose introduces this wine. Complex layers of coffee, green olive, leather, dark chocolate, cherry, and blueberries are delivered throughout. Good masculine structure deftly sculpted. Great balance of acid, fruit, herbs, and fine tannin. “This is a novel worth reading.”
L’Amante 2008 Ink Grade Cabernet Sauvignon
Howell Mountain/Napa Valley, $59.95

300 cases produced
(92)
Female: Wow! Raspberry, cherry, rhubarb, wood, and herbs on the nose. Gorgeous chewy texture with layers of pine, cedar, red currant, black cherry, green olive, leather. I could go on and on. Lots of tannin but then mouthwatering acid on the finish. Well constructed. A baby but it’s going to be beautiful!
Martin Ray Winery 2009 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Sonoma Mountain, $50.00

1200 cases produced
(92)
Female: The nose opens with aromas of a cranberry bog and wet leaves…a fall day on Cape Cod and continues to evolve with toast and rye notes. All of the aromas replicate on the palate with added flavors of blackberry jam and apple butter. “This baby makes you pucker with the significant tannin and acidity on the long finish. A wine to ponder.”
Roy J Maier 2007 Saint Helena Road Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon
Sonoma County, $60.00

300 cases produced
(92)
Female: The spice, floral notes, and cherry blossom aromas are intoxicating. The palate is precise with black cherry, cassis, and cigar box spice. Broad and full-bodied in the mouth with firm tannins.
Stella Monsi 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon
Howell Mountain, $90.00

25 cases produced
(92)
Female: Cigar box, leather, and a bit of barnyard over dark black fruit aromas. Beautiful and inviting. Almost silky on the palate – shows dark fruit. Well integrated with the judicious use of oak.

Ty Caton Vineyards 2009 Estate Caton Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Sonoma Valley, $44.00

583 cases produced
(92)
Female: Beautiful dark plum, blackberry, and mocha aromas invite you in. Lush dark fruit with great acid and layers of complex spice. With great acid and layers of complex spice. Yum!
Canine Wines 2007 Meritage
Napa Valley, $54.00

50 cases produced
(91)
Female: One of our judges wrote, “Cherries jubilee in the nose. Cassis, blueberry, and mint. Nice layering of flavors with a hint pepper. Lots of plush leather arm chairs and fine cigars… This wine tastes like the library at the Harvard Crimson Club.”
Cass 2008 Reserve Cass Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Paso Robles, $90.00

225 cases produced
(91)
Female: Cranberry and dried cranberry on the nose at first then opens to plummy aromas like baked plum pudding. Flavors are intense with plum, baking spices, Mission fig, anise, dried dark cherry, and dark coffee. Well-built and ready for the long haul.
Castello di Amorosa 2008 Il Barone Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $88.00

946 cases produced
(91)
Female: Smoky, cherry aromas. The nose is very pretty. The palate is complex – earthy with tart cranberry, cedar, chewy plum, and leather. The long finish shows lots of black cherry and a hint of blackjack chewing gum (anise-like). Lovely mouth watering acid.
Dusinberre 2004 Boodeaux Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $27.00

100 cases produced
(91)
Female: Big aromatics with blackberry, black cherry, plum, licorice, and black pepper. This is a balanced blockbuster. Black cherry and raspberry fruit are focused at the mid-palate. Earth notes add to the complexity. Nicely structured tannins and pretty oak integration pull the package together. Memorable finish!
Firefly Night 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, CA, $35.00

100 cases produced
(91)
Female: A fair amount of cedar closet on the nose. Flavors of cassis, sour cherry, and black pepper in the mouth. Well-built wine with a friendly structure. Good tannins – nicely integrated. A solid wine with a nice texture. A crowd pleaser!
JuneRay Wines 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon
Ashlow, $97.00

60 cases produced
(91)
Female: The lovely and inviting nose of ripe cherries and sweet tobacco doesn’t disappoint. This is a solidly made wine that displays dark and lush blackberries, dark currant, cigar box, and basil. Nicely structured showing deft use of oak. Nice balance! “Had not heard of this wine before. So glad to have discovered it!”
Kenefick Ranch 2007 Estate Kenefick Ranch Cabernet Franc
Calistoga AVA, $52.00

747 cases produced
(91)
Female: Inviting aromatics… earthy, dark berry, beautifully expressive. On the palate, the firm tannins are balanced with layers of berry and herbs with a touch of graphite. Well structured.
Penman Springs Vineyard 2007 Penman Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Paso Robles, $26.00

294 cases produced
(91)
Female: Herbal notes rise from the glass. Licorice and black tea notes chime in. The aromas are repeated on the palate surrounding the black cherry core. An elegant wine with firm tannins and a satisfying finish.
Perrucci Family Vineyard 2006 Special Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Santa Cruz Mountains, $75.00

100 cases produced
(91)
Female: The exotic spicy aromas pure and clean. Cherry and plum flavors with hints of eucalyptus on entry through mid-palate. Tobacco and coffee notes on the finish. Nicely crafted. The finish is long and memorable.
Scherrer Winery 2004 Scherrer Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Alexander Valley, $55.00

200 cases produced
(91)
Female: An interesting and distinctive wine. Warm fruit compote, toffee, and caramel on the nose with sassafras backnotes. Lovely layers of dark sour cherry with black tea accents. Incredibly well-balanced. Really pretty. A wine with some age and a long life to go.
Winery-SF 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon
North Coast, $24.99

250 cases produced
(91)
Female: Cherry, black cherry, and a touch of blueberry too. Bright fruit then sour cherry. Mouthwatering acidity. The grape tannins are really nice. I like!
Alexander Valley Vineyards 2009 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Alexander Valley, $21.99

60000 cases produced
(90)
Female: Eucalyptus and mint on the nose with lovely raspberry and blackberry aromas step up as the wine opens. Raspberry and dusty blackberry flavors are enhanced by Cocoa notes. Solid and satisfying tannins. Well built. “An armoire with all the right drawers and cubbyholes.” Huge potential!
AuburnJames 2008 Block 4 Bella Vista Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $75.00

150 cases produced
(90)
Female: Pure nose of cedar and cigar box and leather – “The Stetson cologne Cabernet.” Spicy red fruit flavors. Lots of spice up front, then sour cherry notes. Lovely!
Bellarina Meritage 2008 Cabernet Blend
Knights Valley, $20.00

790 cases produced
(90)
Female: Herbal aromas lead to black cherry and a touch oak on the palate. Fresh herbs and teas spice notes add to the complexity of the round and pleasing palate.
Blind Dog Wines Blind Dog Cuvee Cabernet Blend
Paso Robles, $15.00

750 cases produced
(90)
Female: Attractive raspberry and cigar with a hint of pine. Bright cherry fruit and raspberry jam flavors keep it lively. Sour cherry on the finish showing the nice acid. Really pretty!

Blue Rock 2009 Baby Blue ~ Blue Rock Vineyard Cabernet Blend
Alexander Valley, $25.00

1580 cases produced
(90)
Female: Cassis and black cherry with anise accents on the nose. Nice density of currant and cherry remain consistent on the palate with spice and fresh tobacco notes completing the nicely crafted package. Pleasing finish.
Boete 2005 Estate Saunders Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Carmel Valley, $36.00

500 cases produced
(90)
Female: Red berry nose with rose petal and subtle oak accents. Full on cherry flavors. Ripe but not overly lush. Sour cherry mid-palate and lots of mouthwatering acid. Great with red sauce or a burger. A nice quaffer.
Bogle 2007 Reserve Old River Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Clarksburg, $20.00

900 cases produced
(90)
Female: Cedar aromas dominate the nose. The fresh and clean entry is very pleasing displaying cherry and raspberry flavors with a sprinkling of black pepper on the palate. Round and lush on the finish.
Chateau Felice 2008 Barrel Fermented Estate Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Chalk Hill, $59.00

75 cases produced
(90)
Female: Toasty and yeasty notes accent the light red fruit on the nose. Beautiful lush fruit on the palate, red and black, is highlighted by a complex layer of brown spice on the lovely, balanced finish.
Christopher Creek 2007 Finlay’s Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Dry Creek, $32.00

330 cases produced
(90)
Female: Alluring aromas of cassis with tobacco notes. Juicy cherry and black raspberry flavors are highlighted by tobacco accents. Complex with spicy characteristics from start to lasting finish.
Cloak & Dagger 2008 The Assassin Ink Grade Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Howell Mountain, Napa, $66.00

75 cases produced
(90)
Female: Lovely complex aromas and flavors showing dark fruit, pomegranate, cedar, and vanilla that are consistent throughout juicy and very appealing!
Field Stone Winery 2007 Staten Family Reserve, Estate Bottled Cabernet Sauvignon
Alexander Valley, $40.00

495 cases produced
(90)
Female: The dusty berry nose opens upon aeration to spice and earth notes. The aromas carry onto the palate with tart cherry and a hint of menthol. Green herbs on the finish complete the wine. There is a good level of acidity. A very nice food friendly Cabernet Sauvignon.

Grady Family Vineyards 2008 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Lodi, $14.99

160 cases produced
(90)
Female: Intoxicating mushroom aromas lead to cherry vanilla notes upon entry. Bright and juicy spice infused cherry on the palate balanced with very pretty tannins and a velvety finish.
Helena View Chateau Classic 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $29.95

100 cases produced
(90)
Female: Although this wine shows age, there is youthfulness that shows at the outer edge. Sweet black cherry on entry with a bit of tart sour cherry mid-palate then nice acid on the finish. An older wine you can enjoy.
Indigene Cellars 2007 Philanthropist Cabernet Blend
Central Coast, $21.00

350 cases produced
(90)
Female: Cigar box aromas open on airing to a myriad light red fruits. The palate is lovely with raspberry and cherry flavors accented by brown baking spices. Delicious!
Kenefick Ranch 2007 Estate Kenefick Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon
Calistoga AVA, $60.00

605 cases produced
(90)
Female: A bit unruly (this is good!) in the glass with layers of oak, bright cherry, dark black cherry, hints of roasted eggplant, and black & white pepper – quite spicy. Great texture, nice balance! An elegant wine.

Lucas & Lewellen 2008 COTE DEL SOL Cabernet Sauvignon
Santa Barbara County, $32.00

359 cases produced
(90)
Female: Gingerbread aromas lead to a solid core of blackberry and red cherry flavors accented by black olive notes. Mouth filling wine with nice acid on the lovely finish.
Malk Family Vineyards 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon
Stags Leap District of Napa Valley, $72.00

500 cases produced
(90)
Female: Earthy green pepper notes greet your nose. Berry, cherry, and spice fill the palate. Balanced on the palate, lifted with lively acidity. Full flavored.
McGrail 2008 Reserve McGrail Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon
Livermore Valley, $36.00

1412 cases produced
(90)
Female: The dense fruity nose opens to a silken palate showing blackberries, black cherry, dark caramel, and dark chocolate flavors. The palate is lovely with a smooth texture and shows excellent oak integration. The components are fused beautifully. Serve with steak and wild mushrooms.

Meadowcroft Wines 2007 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Mt Veeder, Napa Valley, $60.00

185 cases produced
(90)
Female: The nose is earthy and spicy leading to black cherry and raspberry flavors on the palate. These are joined by bay leaf and tea spice. Purity in the glass. Nicely balanced with a lingering finish.
Michael Pozzan 2008 Napa Cuvee No.14 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $20.00

2595 cases produced
(90)
Female: The nose is meaty at first and then opens to black raspberry jam aromas. Straightforward Cabernet Sauvignon with direct flavors of dark cassis, tobacco, dark chocolate, and mint. Espresso comes through mid-palate and there is nice acidity on the finish.
Miro 2009 Silverwood Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Alexander valley, $30.00

380 cases produced
(90)
Female: Ripe cherries, dark berries, and vanilla aromas are replicated on the soft entry. The flavors gain depth on the palate with added blackberry, blueberry, and baking spices. Beautifully balanced with great acidity. A wonderful wine to enjoy now but it’s just a baby and will get better with time.
Napa Station 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $21.00

2525 cases produced
(90)
Female: Lovely rich, ripe, round dark fruit aromatics that carry onto the palate showing red cherry, cassis, and raspberry with a slight herbaceousness. Caramel, light toasted oak, and vanilla show through on the finish on this smooth textured wine.
Penman Springs Vineyard 2008 Meritage
Paso Robles, $24.00

290 cases produced
(90)
Female: Black cherry and a touch of green olive on the nose. Green olive comes through on the palate as a positive layer that enhances the dark fruit. Nice balance, cleansing acid, and neater tannins. Smooth and lovely.
Prestwood Cellars 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa, $79.00

200 cases produced
(90)
Female: The wine is dark, almost opaque in the glass. Mint, black cherry, and vanilla notes on the nose. Ripe red and black cherry, mint, and coffee from start to finish. Nicely balanced. A great example of Cabernet from California.
Smith & Hook 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
Central Coast, $30.00

4000 cases produced
(90)
Female: Very intense berry on the nose with oodles of vanilla and a hint of coconut. Blackberry/blueberry compote flavors with licorice backnotes. Toasty oak on the finish with touches of lilac and lavender.
Stella Monsi 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $50.00

50 cases produced
(90)
Female: A righteous nose of black currant, leather, and molasses. Lovely, well-built wine with dark cherry/plum jam flavors – meaty with hints bacon, awesome cigar leaf, and good coffee accents. Smoky chipotle peppers jump in on the long finish. “Draws you in and keeps unfolding.”
Troon Vineyard 2009 Limited Reserve Cabernet Franc
Applegate Valley AVA, $35.00

250 cases produced
(90)
Female: Violets and dried cherry on the nose. Complex layers of dark fruit – blue, red, and black with beautiful accents of vanilla and mocha.

Ty Caton Vineyards 2009 Estate – Caton Cabernet Collection Caton Vineyard – Knoll Cabernet Sauvignon
Sonoma Valley, $49.00

45 cases produced
(90)
Female: Ripe plummy aromas lead to juicy red plum and pomegranate on entry. The tannins are mouth puckering but the fruit persists. Good structure. Black pepper on the finish. This is just a baby. Will improve with time. Lay down a few bottles for years to come.

Ty Caton Vineyards 2009 Estate – Caton Cabernet Collection Caton Vineyard – Arroyo Cabernet Sauvignon
Sonoma Valley, $49.00

45 cases produced
(90)
Female: The nose is elusive and then opens to warm cherry and smoky aromas. Cherry pie flavors on the palate with backnotes of chocolate and dried fig throughout. Sour cherry notes show through on the finish. The texture is appealing with fine-grained tannins. Nicely balanced wine.

Ty Caton Vineyards 2009 Estate – Caton Cabernet Collection Caton Vineyard – Big Hill Cabernet Sauvignon
Sonoma Valley, $49.00

45 cases produced
(90)
Female: Beautifully balanced wine. Cherry sour cherry in the nose and in the mouth. I want to watch this wine mature. Buy a number of bottles and drink them over the next five years or more and watch them evolve.
VJB Vineyards & Cellars 2008 Reserve Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Sonoma Valley, $46.00

150 cases produced
(90)
Female: The aromas are fruity with a dusty accent. Lean and clean with alcohol notes apparent. Berry and cherry flavors meld with tobacco on the tart finish.
Whalebone Winery 2007 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Paso Robles, $45.00

400 cases produced
(90)
Female: The nose is earthy and fruity with anise notes. Dried cherry and red currant flavors mildly accented with spice and earth notes.

heartheartheart = An Affair to Remember = Silver Medal

Alexander Valley Vineyards 2009 Estate Cabernet Franc
Alexander Valley, $24.00

1379 cases produced
(89)
Female: Aromas of black cherry and a touch of lavender. Nice acid. Nicely balanced. Fruit is appropriately lush and varietally correct.
Amaro Winery 2007 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
New Mexico, $18.00

1750 cases produced
(89)
Female: Sweet tobacco, dried cherry, and ripe apples arise from the glass -“Inviting like a fall orchard.” Tastes completely different than it smells. The palate displays a leaner profile – rhubarb flavors with quite a lot of currant, menthol, cigar, licorice, and basil some nutmeg on the finish too. Nicely balanced. “I found out after the blind tasting that this is a wine from New Mexico. Pretty darn impressive!”
Bob Wine 2007 Cabernet Blend
Paso Robles, $30.00

558 cases produced
(89)
Female: Cedar and wine incense lift from the glass. Nice and inviting arousing the senses. Lively with good acid showing juicy berries and smooth dark ganache and hazelnuts on the finish. “Lots of Cabernet Franc and Merlot?”
Bonneau 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon
Sonoma Valley, $42.00

350 cases produced
(89)
Female: Cooked me almost a stew like aroma. I like this! Red cherry, then sour cherry with rosemary and black tea spice notes on the finish. Pretty tannins. Serve with chili or beef stew.
Castello di Amorosa 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $49.00

2835 cases produced
(89)
Female: The nose is inviting with cola, coffee, cooked plum, and caramel. The palate flex the nose with sour plums on the finish. Well-balanced with good tannins.
De Novo 2008 aCURE Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Alexander Valley, $27.00

245 cases produced
(89)
Female: Dark cherry and dusty cocoa notes on the nose. The wine has big shoulders, structured with plenty of dark red fruit and earthiness through the long finish. This is just a baby, lay it down for a year or two for complete enjoyment.
En Garde 2007 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Diamond Mountain District – Napa Valley, $88.00

80 cases produced
(89)
Female: The black cherry and cherry pie nose carries through onto the palate. Dried herbs join cherry and currant flavors mid-mouth. A tart and sassy wine with plenty of acidity. Long lifted finish.
Hagafen 2008 Estate Grown and Bottled Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $45.00

400 cases produced
(89)
Female: Gingersnap aromas open to wild berry flavors and delicious hit of cocoa mid-palate. Mocha on the pretty finish. Lively and pure.
Hahn Winery 2009 Meritage
Central Coast, $18.00

16907 cases produced
(89)
Female: There is a touch of blueberry on the nose and in the mouth – very connected. Pretty. A real crowd pleaser!
Hidden Ridge 2006 Lot #1 Hidden Ridge Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Sonoma County, $55.00

252 cases produced
(89)
Female: Brown baking spices lead to blueberry pie aromas that are replicated on the palate. Tannins kick in and add complexity.
Hook & Ladder Winery 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon
Russian River Valley, $25.00

1000 cases produced
(89)
Female: Fresh, lively aromas of tart cherry, raspberry, and cranberry with back notes of tree bark. Berry and green olive notes on the palate with vanilla and caramel accents. The finish has pleasant oak and acid.
Indigene Cellars 2007 Estate Carmel Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Monterey County, $29.00

500 cases produced
(89)
Female: Aromas of cherry, black cherry, and baking spice invite you to take a sip – but first – swirl and enjoy the aromas a bit longer. Bright, ripe, and delicious cherry and blueberry flavors. Lots to like here in terms of fruit. Simple finish lifted by the nice acidity.
Martin Ray Winery 2007 Synthesis Reserve Cabernet Blend
Napa Valley, $75.00

250 cases produced
(89)
Female: Aromas of cherry, vanilla, and milk chocolate make way for the juicy wild berry and cherry palate with a cola thread weaving throughout. Acidity level balances the round fruit. Lighter bodied style.
Masquerade 2007 Troika Cabernet Sauvignon
Columbia Valley, $22.99

221 cases produced
(89)
Female: Slightly medicinal on the nose. Showing menthol and herbal notes. Surprisingly nice texture on the palate. Smooth tannins on the finish which displays a bit of green tea, green olives and capers. Nice!
Napa Station 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $23.00

3100 cases produced
(89)
Female: Beautiful color in the glass. Very deep and dark. Fruity plum aromas lead to lovely raspberry jam flavors with cocoa, coffee, and peppers added to the mix mid-palate. Nice wine.
Pedroncelli 2009 Estate Vineyard Block 007 Cabernet Sauvignon
Dry Creek Valley, $25.00

1000 cases produced
(89)
Female: Good solid Cabernet nose showing plum, blackberry, and spice aromas. Black currant flavors on opening with smoke, espresso, eucalyptus, and burnt sugar notes joining mid-palate through the finish. Nice integration and balance.
Perrucci Family 2008 Mescolanza Cabernet Blend
Santa Cruz Mountains, $18.00

300 cases produced
(89)
Female: The nose draws you in…blackberry, black cherry, and a myriad of spices. The aromas replicate on entry with cherry compote flavors taking the lead mid-palate. Nice acid on the finish.
Prix 2006 MJT Block Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $60.00

200 cases produced
(89)
Female: Earthy aromas open to pristine red cherry fruit on entry and through the mid-palate where the earthy notes jump in side-by-side with milk chocolate and mineral notes. A well-made wine.
Reynolds 2007 Persistence Cabernet Blend
Napa Valley, $50.00

1642 cases produced
(89)
Female: Fruity aromas of boysenberry and black cherry are inviting and expand fully on the palate. Nice acidity balances the full fruit. There is a bit of heat here, the alcohol shows through. Lovely spice kicks in on the finish.
Roberts + Rogers 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon
Howell Mountain, $75.00

600 cases produced
(89)
Female: Smells like a North Coast experience – a bit like the pine forest with black fruit growing nearby and hints roasted fresh peppers. “The phenomenal acidity and tannins grab you by the collar and hold you there.” Lovely and complex.
Scherrer Winery 2003 Scherrer Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Alexander Valley, $60.00

300 cases produced
(89)
Female: Great elegance on this older Cabernet. The black raspberry, black tea, and licorice nose opens to sweet red and black fruit, turning to sour cherry with smoky notes on the finish. Solid integration of fruit, oak, and balanced acidity. Lovely!

Ty Caton Vineyards 2009 Estate – Caton Cabernet Collection Caton Vineyard – Terraces Cabernet Sauvignon
Sonoma Valley, $49.00

45 cases produced
(89)
Female: Toasty, in fact, toast with boysenberry jam on the nose. Flavors reflect the nose on entry evolving to some sour cherry notes mid-palate with edgy notes on the finish. Needs time, but will be fabulous.

Ty Caton Vineyards 2009 Estate – Caton Cabernet Collection Caton Vineyard – Barracks Cabernet Sauvignon
Sonoma Valley, $49.00

45 cases produced
(89)
Female: Cherry pie and brown baking spices on the nose. The flavors are surprising and pleasing, darker and blacker than expected. Beautifully balanced. Very nice!
Valley of the Moon Winery 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon
Sonoma County, $18.00

5500 cases produced
(89)
Female: Leather, tobacco, coffee, and dried fruit – interesting nose. Jammy dried fruit with pine and licorice on the palate. Nice!

Amapola Creek 2007 Amapola Creek Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Sonoma Valley, $60.00

1150 cases produced
(88)
Female: Great aromas arises from the glass showing black currant, chocolate, and coffee. The palate is fruit forward with both black and red fruit. There is white pepper on the long finish.
Antucura 2004 Cabernet Blend
Mendoza, Argentina, $49.99

1000 cases produced
(88)
Female: This is obviously a wine with some age on it. Burnt caramel aromas, the alcohol is still very prominent. Black cherry flavors on entry. Black tea notes on the juicy mid-palate, black cherry fruit. Tobacco on the finish. Still lots of oak and tannins. Very interesting!
Aurielle 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon
Howell Mountain, $90.00

350 cases produced
(88)
Female: Notes of leather, Cassis, lavender, tobacco. (I like the nose.) Palate is pleasing with spicy, the, tannins and fruit. Notes of cloves, nutmeg, and dried fruit.
Briar Rose 2005 Private Reserve Collection Cabernet Franc
Temecula Valley, $120.00

225 cases produced
(88)
Female: A classic Cabernet Franc nose showing beautiful blueberry and floral aromas. Ripe fruit on the palate on entry. Big tannins kick-in mid-palate. The fruit and acid come up to greet and balance the tannins.
Briar Rose 2004 Cabernet Franc
Temecula Valley, $42.00

280 cases produced
(88)
Female: Cedar and cigar box frame black cherry on the nose. In the mouth, black cherry and a touch of blueberry is accented with layers of cocoa and mocha. Nice acidity on the finish.
Buttonwood Farm 2007 Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon
Santa Ynez Valley, $24.00

300 cases produced
(88)
Female: The nose is slightly earthy with leather, cassis, and cigar box notes – interesting and complex. Dark Berry and plum are very forward on the palate with herbal notes enhancing your enjoyment. The rich coffee notes on the lingering finish.
Buttonwood Trevin 2007 Estate Grown Cabernet Blend
Santa Ynez Valley, $36.00

273 cases produced
(88)
Female: Garnet in color. The nose is classic for a Bordeaux blend – blackberry, beets, rhubarb, and pine forest. Big rich in the mouth. Well-integrated with a very nice finish.
Callaway 2008 Winemaker’s Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Temecula, $42

594 cases produced
(88)
Female: Ripe cherry and black cherry aromas with black fruit on entry. The lush fruit is nicely integrated with the tannins. Nice acids. Nice balance.
Chateau Felice Black Label 2006 Estate Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Chalk Hill, $29.00

250 cases produced
(88)
Female: Sherry, black cherry, and black raspberry aromas are replicated on the bright fruit palate. Mocha notes joining in mid to late then beautiful acidity.

Eberle 2009 Vineyard Selection Cabernet Sauvignon
Paso Robles, $19.00

4302 cases produced
(88)
Female: Wow, what is that? Aromas of gingersnap cookies with a dab of raspberry jam. Sweet fruit mid-palate. Nice acid and even tannins. Lovely and enticing wine!

Eberle 2007 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Paso Robles, $34.00

3524 cases produced
(88)
Female: Lighter red fruit, earth and eucalyptus aromas lead to a focused palate showing cherry and cherry vanilla flavors. Bright acid on the finish. Great pizza wine.
Eberle 2007 Reserve Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Paso Robles, $75.00

692 cases produced
(88)
Female: Deep black fruit aromas that are nicely layered in the nose and in the mouth with baking spices. Tart red fruit – cranberry, shows up late on the palate. Structured wine that is well-balanced and a pleasure to drink.
Ecluse Wines 2009 Lock Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Paso Robles, $36.00

196 cases produced
(88)
Female: Cigar box aromas lead to a ripe black cherry entry that broadens as it moves across the palate. The tannins are big but well integrated. This is just a baby. Needs time.
En Garde 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon
Diamond Mountain District – Napa Valley, $68.00

175 cases produced
(88)
Female: Cherry and a touch of oak in the nose. Rich opening of dark cherry leads to a smooth and rounded middle palate. Nice depth and balance. Coffee kicks in on the long finish.
J Pilar 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
South Coast, $19.99

180 cases produced
(88)
Female: The brooding nose leads to the full-bodied wine. Cassis and berry flavors dominate. Nice purity. And tobacco on the finish which displays silky tannins.
J. Rickards Winery 2008 Five Sisters Cabernet Sauvignon
Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, $34.00

250 cases produced
(88)
Female: The nose is elusive at first but then opens to cherry and vanilla notes. Layered and complex on the palate. Beautifully balance.
Keating 2008 Beckstoffer Georges III Cabernet Sauvignon
Rutherford, Napa Valley, $95.00

341 cases produced
(88)
Female: Pretty in the glass. Definitely full and textured. Smells and tastes like a raspberry milk chocolate bar with hazelnuts and a hint of toasted coconut. The wood on the persistent length.
La Craie American Celebration 2007 Estate Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Chalk Hill, $49.00

75 cases produced
(88)
Female: Sour cherry on the nose. Flavors of cranberry, plum, black cherry, dark coffee, and earth with a hint of eucalyptus. The tannins are prominent but the fruit helps to carry them. For full enjoyment, decant this for at least an hour.
Lake Crest Winery 2008 Oroville Cabernet Sauvignon
Washington, $16.00

80 cases produced
(88)
Female: Gingerbread and baking chocolate aromas rise from the glass. Really red right fruit on the palate. A very pleasant wine. Enjoy with a great burger.

Lucas & Lewellen 2008 Valley View Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Santa Barbara County, $27.00

671 cases produced
(88)
Female: Green herbal essence on the nose. Mentholated cherry cough drops on the palate. Herbal throughout with cassis joining in on the finish.
Marianna 2009 Cabernet Blend
Napa Valley, $40.00

1000 cases produced
(88)
Female: Cherry soda aromas lead to a round palate. A berry driven wine. Black cherry and cassis define the flavor profile. The oak is nicely integrated.
Martin Ray Winery 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa-Mendocino-Sonoma Counties, $20.00

7500 cases produced
(88)
Female: The dusty wild berry aromas deliver fruity flavors on the round palate. A touch of anise on the finish. Easy to quaff.
Midsummer Cellars 2008 Canon Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $40.00

148 cases produced
(88)
Female: “Dark black cherry and strawberry, smells like something yummy to have for dessert.” Deep dark fruit with lots of 0ak on the finish. Will live a long time.
ORSIANNA 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon
Mendocino, $20.00

1500 cases produced
(88)
Female: Black cherry with cigar box overtones in the glass. Dark black fruit with lovely layers of spice, mocha, and coffee. Very nice!
Perrucci Family Vineyard 2006 Special Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Santa Cruz Mountains, $75.00

100 cases produced
(88)
Female: Dark oak and then cinnamon red-hot on the nose. Dark spicy black cherry fruit with a mint edge. Nice acid and warm tannins.
Pollak 2009 Reserve Cabernet Franc
Monticello, Virginia, $30.00

124 cases produced
(88)
Female: Aromas of green pepper, forest floor, and light red fruit greet you. Light red fruit on entry opens to dark fruit with lots of coffee and spice notes which hang in and through the finish. This is a great example of what Virginia wines, especially Cabernet Franc, can be.
pureCoz 2007 Red Wine Cabernet Blend
Napa Valley, $55.00

350 cases produced
(88)
Female: Slightly medicinal but appealing aromas. Light fruit entry with the fruit. Getting darker and deeper as the palate progresses. Some coffee notes on the finish.
School House 2007 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Alexander Valley, $45.00

383 cases produced
(88)
Female: Forest floor and floral notes accents the deep red fruit in the glass and in the mouth. Black cherry on entry with quite a bit of oak on the finish. This wine is young and will evolve beautifully.
Serene Cellars 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa, $54.00

800 cases produced
(88)
Female: The nose is intense with chocolate, coffee, dark and red fruit, herbal notes, and some eucalyptus. A well structured wine. Beautifully integrated oak with lovely acidity.
Shed Horn Cellars 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon
Lake County, $29.00

267 cases produced
(88)
Female: The nose is appealing and sweet with flavors of caramel covered apples and sweet blackberry jam – there is a hint of smoky wood as a backnote. Flavors of cranberry, rhubarb, and sour cherry with herbal notes. Some nice acid here.

Shenanigans Fine Irish Cab 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon
Lodi, $11.99

600 cases produced
(88)
Female: The nose is elusive but the mouth is rich with black cherry, mocha, cocoa, cranberry, rhubarb, and herbal notes. Very interesting.

Sol Rouge 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $75.00

150 cases produced
(88)
Female: Oaky, smoky, and coffee notes with light red fruit on the nose. The palate is super spicy showing eucalyptus and black fruit. Medium tannins with cherry and cloves on the finish.

Sol Rouge 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon
Lake County, $32.00

175 cases produced
(88)
Female: Cherry and vanilla on the oaky nose. Soft and round. Plummy flavors with cherry accents. Dry tannins.
Spoto Wines 2008 Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Oakville, $95.00

100 cases produced
(88)
Female: The initial cranberry nose leads to bigger blackberry and black currant aromas. The palate is jammy showing deep black plum and bright boysenberry pie. The tannins are big. There is plenty of acidity here. A crowd pleaser.
Triumph 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon
St Helena, $55.00

1000 cases produced
(88)
Female: Lovely strawberry jam aromas arise from the glass. Light strawberry flavors on entry. Mouthwatering acid. Very pleasant. Not be and bold but great with food.
Triumvir 2008 Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $59.00

25 cases produced
(88)
Female: Cedar aromas with a hint of peppermint. Round and full on the palate with cherry, cigar box, and pepper notes. Nice fruit at the core.
Whalebone Winery 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon
Paso Robles, $35.00

548 cases produced
(88)
Female: Rich chocolate, dark fruit, and leather from start to finish. A lot of nice acidity here.
Annabella 2009 Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $16.00

20000 cases produced
(87)
Female: Dark and delicious with dark berry aromas and dark espresso on entry. Black fruit, some red fruit joins mid-palate and then lots of oak. Needs time!
Avalon 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $18.00

10000 cases produced
(87)
Female: Very pleasant Cabernet. Light red fruit on the nose and in the mouth, turning to sour cherry with watermelon notes mid-palate. Black tea and earthy on the finish. Nice acidity.
B.R. Cohn 2007 Estate Olive Hill Cabernet Sauvignon
Sonoma Valley, $55.00

4100 cases produced
(87)
Female: Cherry cola, black tea, and a myriad and of other oak driven aromas. Enormous tannins on the palate but the fruit is there. “Seems like this is just a baby that needs time to mature.”
Barboursville Vineyards 2007 Octagon Cabernet Blend
Virginia, $39.99

1650 cases produced
(87)
Female: “This appears to be a very young wine.” Forest floor and dark coffee aromatics are replicated on the palate where they surround and almost overpower the black fruit for. This wine needs time to mature and show full potential.
Barboursville Vineyards 2009 Reserve Cabernet Franc
Virginia, $22.99

1730 cases produced
(87)
Female: Barnyard aromas on opening move towards tobacco and black currant. This is a youthful wine with dark fruit and black licorice flavors. The tannins are still aggressive, but enough fruit to carry to maturity.
Barefoot Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon
California, $6.99

30000 cases produced
(87)
Female: Black cherry lips from the glass. Smells lush and is on the palate. Black tea notes with full on tannins. “Fun to drink… burger, please.”
Boete 2006 Estate Reserve Saunders Vineyard Cabernet Franc
Carmel Valley, $40.00

131 cases produced
(87)
Female: Cherry pipe tobacco aromas arise from the glass. Cherry vanilla flavors with nice caramelized notes on the finish. The of acidity on the finish makes this wine great to pair with food.
Boete 2006 Cheval Rouge Saunders Vineyard Cabernet Blend
Carmel Valley, $30.00

280 cases produced
(87)
Female: The nose speaks Bordeaux showing barnyard, dark fruit, tobacco, coffee and chocolate. Black fruit on the palate is obscured by the tannins at first but then opens to reveal a very nice wine.
Bogle 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
California, $11.00

220000 cases produced
(87)
Female: Dried cherry and black cherry fruit on the nose. Cherry, black cherry and some lovely sour cherry in the mouth. Nice acidity with black tea on the finish.
BOXWOOD WINERY 2009 Topiary Estate Cabernet Blend
Virginia, $25.00

1000 cases produced
(87)
Female: This is a lovely Cabernet Franc blend. Full on dark berry notes on the nose with blackberry flavors on entry quickly turning to sour berries on the palate. A bit prickly with nice acid showing through. The tannins hang in there the finish
Buttonwood Farm 2008 Estate Grown Cabernet Franc
Santa Ynez Valley, $22.00

345 cases produced
(87)
Female: Violets, plum, leather and dried herbs in the glass. Lovely plum fruit with tobacco and earth notes on the finish.
Calistoga Cellars 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
St Helena, $30.00

2500 cases produced
(87)
Female: Exotic aromas showing rose, violet, and cherry. The nose is somewhat deceiving – more like a Pinot Noir that Cabernet Sauvignon but the color in the glass definitely says Cabernet. Strawberry and black plum flavors with a chalky minerality. Nice finish.
Callaway 2009 Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon
Temecula, $28

635 cases produced
(87)
Female: Mint and black cherry on the nose opening to dark black fruit in the mouth. Lots of oak joins mid- to late but should age nicely.
Cass 2008 Estate Cass Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Paso Robles, $45.00

700 cases produced
(87)
Female: Floral perfume notes in the glass. Sweet cherry on opening then cherry tobacco flavors. Gripping acid and suitable tannins. Nice wine.
Consilience Wines 2007 Camp 4 Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon
Santa Barbara County, $38.00

289 cases produced
(87)
Female: Cranberry, Asian spices, and green tea aromas and flavors. Lots of tannins here. Nice food to show its full potential. I think the grilled pork tenderloin with the cranberry glaze would be perfect.
Dry Comal Creek Vineyards 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon
California, $19.99

1910 cases produced
(87)
Female: Dark berry and spice on the nose. Rich and mouth filling with black cherry, and blackberry flavors, vanilla, and a touch of earth. Nicely crafted. Good depth on the finish.
Ecluse Wines 2009 Ensemble Cabernet Blend
Paso Robles, $38.00

98 cases produced
(87)
Female: Plum, black currant, clove, and vanilla bean aromatics weave together on this pretty, intriguing wine. Black plum, clove, and allspice flavors entry to mid-palate where the tannins take over. “It’s just a baby. Lay this baby down and you will be rewarded in a year or two.”
Ehret Family Winery 2007 Bella’s Blend Cabernet Blend
Knights Valley, $40.00

528 cases produced
(87)
Female: Deep and dark aromas and flavors draw me in like the rabbit hole in Alice in Wonderland. Lighter on the palate than expected. Nice acid on the finish.
Fernwood Cellars 2008 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Santa Cruz Mountains, $40.00

425 cases produced
(87)
Female: Light red cherry on the nose. Ripe cherry and black cherry at the core with oak elements still prominent but the beginning to integrate. Shows characteristics of a very young wine.
Field Stone Winery 2007 Wally’s Block, Estate Bottled Vineyard Select Cabernet Sauvignon
Alexander Valley, $30.00

500 cases produced
(87)
Female: Inviting aromas of black cherry and barnyard notes on the nose open to a focus palate a focused palate that shows both fruit and oak to advantage. Lush dark fruit enters mid-palate. Firm tannins and good length. “This baby needs time!”
Firefly Night 2008 LUMINESCENCE Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, CA, $45.00

100 cases produced
(87)
Female: Cedar and rhubarb aromas are replicated on the palate. Easy wine to like.
Four A’s 2008 Stagecoach Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $69.00

150 cases produced
(87)
Female: Black cherry and plum aromas are replicated on the palate. The oak and acidity are in balance with the fruit. The bigger style New World Cabernet.
Grayson Cellars 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
California, $9.99

5000 cases produced
(87)
Female: The aromatics are oaky leading to a palate that displays predominantly black fruit. Full tannins. The finish is a bit sharp.
Great Dane 2008 Coombsville Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa, $110.00

25 cases produced
(87)
Female: Inviting baking spices over dark berry fruit from start to finish. Black tea flavors and rhubarb fruit join mid-palate. Nice acidity. Easy to drink and enjoy.
Guglielmo Private Reserve 2007 Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Santa Clara Valley, $25.00

700 cases produced
(87)
Female: This is very interesting wine with barnyard and herbal aromas. Cherry and rhubarb fruit are accented by black pepper throughout the wine but especially on the finish.
Helena View Johnston Vineyards 1999 Estate Johnston Vineyards Cabernet Franc
Calistoga, $42.00

180 cases produced
(87)
Female: A mature wine. At least 10 years old? Black licorice, forest floor, and milk chocolate notes on the nose is in the mouth. Distinct licorice flavors on the finish. Nice acidity. Nice wine. Drink soon.
Kenefick Ranch 2006 Pickett Road Red Kenefick Ranch Cabernet Blend
Calistoga AVA, $55.00

496 cases produced
(87)
Female: The nose is elusive. Dark black fruit flavors with black pepper back notes. Heavy tannins kick in mid-to late. Intense.
Kenwood Vineyards 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon
Sonoma County, $16.00

40000 cases produced
(87)
Female: Aromas of cherry jam open to a very structured wine. The tannins are bigger than expected. The fruit is there but muted by the oak. Should get better with time.
La Castellana 2008 Reserve Cabernet Blend
Napa Valley, $68.00

1634 cases produced
(87)
Female: “This is a scrappy Cabernet blend. I’m guessing there’s a lot of Cabernet Franc and a bit of Petite Verdot here.” It has juniper and pine tar throughout with black cherry flavors. Powerful with a good tannin structure.
La Craie Euphoria 2007 Estate Single Vineyard Cabernet Franc
Chalk Hill, $49.00

90 cases produced
(87)
Female: Caramel notes open to strawberry and dark berry aromas. Cherry and black cherry flavors throughout. Good use of oak.
Las Flores 2009 Reserve Terra Bella Cabernet Sauvignon
California, $28.00

47 cases produced
(87)
Female: Yeast and cherry arise from the glass. Dark sour cherry and plum flavors. Mouth watering acid. Oak tannins are definitely there but well integrated.

Lucas & Lewellen 2007 Valley View Vineyard Cabernet Franc
Santa Barbara County, $28.00

136 cases produced
(87)
Female: Cola and vanilla on the nose. Tart cherry with espresso note flavors from start to finish. Light and bright cherry joins mid-palate.

Lucas & Lewellen 2007 Clone 6 Cabernet Sauvignon
Santa Barbara County, $48.00

216 cases produced
(87)
Female: Light herbal notes over light fruit with a touch of oaky notes in the nose. Soft opening of light red fruit. Oak kicks in mid to late. Young. Will improve with age.
Midsummer Cellars 2008 Fowler Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Knights Valley, $25.00

336 cases produced
(87)
Female: There’s blackberry fruit here that is very inviting. Layers of toasty oak accents throughout. Sour cherry on mid-palate that continues through the finish.
Oak Mountain Winery 2009 Estate Morera Cabernet Sauvignon
South Coast, $60.00

150 cases produced
(87)
Female: Black raspberry and violets in the glass. Sweet but not overly lush fruit. “Really, very pretty.” Tannins are prominent but not overpowering. Has promise.
Pedroncelli 2009 Three Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon
Dry Creek Valley, $17.00

7500 cases produced
(87)
Female: The nose is elusive at first but opens to light red fruit that repeats on entry. Sour cherry on the mid-palate through the black pepper finish.
Pedroncelli 2008 Morris Fay Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Alexander Valley, $19.00

1000 cases produced
(87)
Female: Cherry jam on the nose that carries through onto the palate. Red fruit on entry with lots of herbal notes that hang in through the finish. “I like!”
Perrucci Family Vineyard 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon
California, $38.00

450 cases produced
(87)
Female: Smells like an older Bordeaux. Soft dark fruit flavors accented by herbs. There is plenty of acidity on the finish. Tasted this with a wonderful cheese called Petit Basque – lovely.
Pollak 2009 Reserve Smuggler Cabernet Sauvignon
Monticello, $30.00

274 cases produced
(87)
Female: Pickled barrel and red fruit with cigar box notes rise from the glass. Nice acidity and oak balance. “I like this on the palate a lot more than I thought I would.”
Pollak 2009 Cabernet Franc
Monticello, $20.00

314 cases produced
(87)
Female: Lavender on the nose with a touch of cherry too. Cherry and dried herbs notes in the mouth. Simple but lovely.
pureCru 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $38.00

450 cases produced
(87)
Female: Mint and cherry on the nose are repeated on the palate but somewhat masked by the big tannins. There’s lots of cherry fruit under there This wine needs time and will get lots better as the tannins received in the fruit comes up.

R&B Cellars 2006 Reserve Bingham Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $50.00

683 cases produced
(87)
Female: Caramel and black cherry notes on the nose. Layers of spice on the palate with light red fruit peeking out on the finish. Enjoy with a rare steak.
Signorello Estate 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $50.00

2500 cases produced
(87)
Female: Molasses, caramel, and dark red fruit aromas rise from the glass. Dark ripe fruit on entry joined by big oak tannins mid-to late. A powerful wine that is very young. Needs time to mature.
Sunset 2005 Sun Ray Newsom Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Texas High Plains, $22.95

360 cases produced
(87)
Female: Caramel, and dark mocha aromas lead to a palate of dark fruit with espresso notes on the finish. Nice acidity. “This wine is from where? Lovely wine.”
Talcott Ridge Wines 2008 Single Vineyard Ink Grade Cabernet Sauvignon
Howell Mountain, $48.00

25 cases produced
(87)
Female: Raspberry and black cherry aromas are replicated on entry. Sour cherry flavors with a touch of menthol join mid-palate. Nice acid on the finish.

Thomas Henry 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon
Sonoma County, $20.00

1100 cases produced
(87)
Female: Aromas of raspberry and citrus on the nose translate to bright red fruit in the mouth. Black tea and tarragon on the finish. Nice balancing acid.
Timark Wines 2008 Neal3 Cabernet Sauvignon
St Helena, $55.00

25 cases produced
(87)
Female: Vanilla and red cherry on the nose with some nice barnyard notes. Cherry and black cherry flavors on entry quickly followed by big tooth coating tannins. Then the fruit is there…needs time for the tannins to tame.
Trinitas Cellars 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon
Oakville, $50.00

2340 cases produced
(87)
Female: Lots of red fruit and baking spices here in the nose and on the mouth. A healthy dose of oak tames this fruit bomb. A real crowd pleaser.

Ty Caton Vineyards 2009 Estate – Caton Cabernet Collection Caton Vineyard – Upper Bench Cabernet Sauvignon
Sonoma Valley, $49.00

45 cases produced
(87)
Female: This is just a baby! The nose is tight red fruit showing through. Red fruit and cigar box notes throughout. Interesting. Very tannic now. Will get better with time.
VGS Explorer 2007 The Illegitimate Cabernet Blend
Napa Valley, $37.00

150 cases produced
(87)
Female: Santa Rosa plum on the nose. Sweet and juicy on entry showing cherry almost cherry soda flavors then moving to sour cherry with tarragon notes on the finish. Interesting wine needs more time to show its full potential.
Vintage Sun 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
Mendoza, Argentina, $8.99

(87)
Female: The fruit driven nose shows cherry and black cherry. Lush dark fruit with nice oak elements and balanced acid.
Avalon 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
California, $12.00

50000 cases produced
(86)
Female: A touch of pickled barrel on the nose. Red fruit throughout. Well may, simple, and easy to drink.
Briar Rose 2007 Private Collection Cabernet Sauvignon
Temecula Valley, $105.00

160 cases produced
(86)
Female: Oak, cherry, and mint aromas replicate on the palate with sweet cocoa on the lasting finish.
Canine Wines 2007 Ink Grade Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $44.00

25 cases produced
(86)
Female: Cherry, black cherry, and herbal notes in the glass and in the mouth. Ripe fruit. Nice acid. Simple. Easy to enjoy.
Chateau Felice 2008 Estate Single Vineyard Cabernet Franc
Chalk Hill, $29.00

110 cases produced
(86)
Female: Plum and mocha on the nose. Very inviting. The palate is more tannic than I expected but that dark fruit is just waiting to arise. This baby needs time.
Copa Del Rey 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
Colchagua Valley, Chile, $12.00

5140 cases produced
(86)
Female: Light red fruit aromatics. Sweet red fruit on entry. Tingly acid with some sour notes on the finish. Lighter style – easy to drink.
Cycles Gladiator 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
Lodi, $9.99

10515 cases produced
(86)
Female: Big-time lavender on the nose with a hint of cranberry. Ripe black fruit on entry turning to sour cherry.
Dry Comal Creek Vineyards 2008 Unoaked Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
California, $24.99

630 cases produced
(86)
Female: Baking spice and cherries list from the glass. Cherry on entry with the baking spices showing through. Lots of tannin on the finish.
Ehret Family Winery 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon
Knights Valley, $34.00

432 cases produced
(86)
Female: Dark cherry and black pepper aromas. Black fruit. Nice spice accents on the palate. Tannins into with the fruit.
Fernwood Cellars 2008 Estate Bates Ranch Cabernet Franc
Santa Cruz Mountains, $38.00

200 cases produced
(86)
Female: Blackberry, dark plum, violets, and coffee aromas and flavors. Tarragon notes on the finish.
Gershon Bachus Erato 2008 Estate GBV De Portola Trail Vineyard Cabernet Franc
Temecula Valley, $45.00

163 cases produced
(86)
Female: Red fruit with back notes of green pepper and dill on the nose. Ripe red black fruit on the palate. Finish is a bit short.
Helena View Chateau Classic 2005 Cabernet Blend
Napa Valley, $29.95

600 cases produced
(86)
Female: Here is a wine with some age on it. Cinnamon notes accent the cranberry and pomegranate aromas. Light red fruit on entry. Soft in the mouth. Soft finish.
Kenwood Vineyards 2008 Jack London Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Sonoma Valley, $30.00

11712 cases produced
(86)
Female: Interesting in the glass. Herbal notes of bay leaf, rose petals, and a hint of mint. The palate is spicy! Good acidity and bolts tannins. Long finish of Eucalyptus, cedar, pine, and cloves.
Maier Family 2007 Saint Helena Road Vineyards Meritage
Sonoma County, $34.00

650 cases produced
(86)
Female: “I get a touch of heat immediately on the nose, then rhubarb and some green herbal notes. Tart red fruit flavors and black tea on the finish. Oak tannins are quite prominent but this wine should age nicely.”

Meadowcroft Wines 2008 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Alexander Valley, $36.00

250 cases produced
(86)
Female: Tight nose. Light red fruit on entry turning to black fruit surrounded by coffee notes. Some burnt notes on the finish.
Michael Pozzan 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
Sonoma County, $19.00

4000 cases produced
(86)
Female: Light red fruit aromas open to light cherry with rhubarb flavors in the mouth. Herbal notes show up late. Nice acid and herbal notes are what linger on the finish.
Midsummer Cellars 2008 Tomasson Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
St. Helena, $40.00

74 cases produced
(86)
Female: Black fruit, vanilla, Eucalyptus, and herbal notes on the nose. Black fruit on entry. Very chewy mouth feel with big tannins on the finish.
Reynolds 2007 Estate Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, $45.00

1509 cases produced
(86)
Female: Minty berry aromas deliver clean, fresh, and bright fruit flavors. Anise notes on the finish.
Sunset 2004 Vintner’s Reserve Barrel Select Newsom Vineyard Cabernet Blend
Texas High Plains, $39.95

70 cases produced
(86)
Female: Tobacco and Eucalyptus at first sniff open to dark fruit aromas and flavors turning sour mid-to-late. I think this needs food but what? How about some Texas barbecue?
Symbiotic Terra Bella Cabernet Blend
California, $20.00

47 cases produced
(86)
Female: The nose is a surprise. I expected Cabernet type aromas and Zinfandel is prominent. The palate is sweet, the Zin wins out again. A lovely wine. I would rate it higher in a Zinfandel competition.
Turning Leaf 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
California, $8.00

170000 cases produced
(86)
Female: Lovely dark cherry fruit on the nose and the palate. The tannins complement the cherry flavors. Simple and easy to enjoy.

William James Cellars 2009 Rancho Verano Cabernet Franc
Paso Robles, $28.00

56 cases produced
(86)
Female: Cherry with violets and barnyard notes on the nose. Palate replicates the aromas. Pleasant and simple with nice acidity on the finish.

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Aresti 2008 Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
Curico Valley, Chile, $15.00

1500 cases produced
(85)
Female: Light red fruit with vanilla and earth notes. Cherry and black cherry on entry turning to sour cherry notes on the finish. Will shine with food, especially a grilled pork loin.
August Ridge 2007 Estate Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Paso Robles, $48.00

48 cases produced
(85)
Female: Lots of barnyard aromas here with dark cherry fruit on entry turning to sour cherry on the mid-palate. Lots of oak and acid mid-to-late.
Herzog Special Reserve 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon
Alexander Valley, $38.00

2500 cases produced
(85)
Female: “This cab shows angle and attitude.” Bright red fruit and pomegranate with plenty of acid and tannins.
Martin Ray Winery 2009 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Stags Leap District, $45.00

1200 cases produced
(85)
Female: Sweet and cranberry juice on the nose with a touch of green herbs. The red fruit entry is complemented by tarragon and oregano accents. Then mouthwatering acids kick in.
Masquerade 2005 Les Collines Cabernet Sauvignon
Walla Walla Valley, $24.99

335 cases produced
(85)
Female: Black raspberry with green pepper and soy notes on the nose. Smoky rhubarb and black cherry flavors on entry. Black and green tea join mid-palate through the finish which has a touch of welcome acidity.
Pollak 2008 Cabernet Blend
Monticello, $24.00

401 cases produced
(85)
Female: Plum and dark cherry with green pepper notes on the nose. The palate is consistent with the aromas. The acid finish is quite intense. Needs food to rein it in so all will shine.
Westport Winery 2009 Smokey Nor’Wester Rosé of Cabernet Franc
Washington State, $25.00

148 cases produced
(85)
Female: Earthy, dried cherry aromas. Nicely dry. This is a lean food friendly wine.
BOXWOOD 2009 Estate Cabernet Blend
Virginia, $25.00

300 cases produced
(84)
Female: Cigar box, leather, and mushroom aromatics. Definitely not a California style. Attractive sour red fruit flavors with bowl tannins and a long finish.
Mount Aukum Winery 2007 BDX Cabernet Blend
El Dorado, $26.00

184 cases produced
(84)
Female: Barnyard aromas lead to a dense and dark fruity palate.
Warwick, First Lady 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
Stellenbosch, South Africa, $16.99

10000 cases produced
(84)
Female: Cedar, with dark red fruit and a hint of jalapeno on the nose. The palate is earthy with light red fruit on entry. Black tea mid-through the finish.
Westport Winery 2009 Jetty Cat Red Cabernet Blend
Washington State, $25.00

365 cases produced
(84)
Female: Red and black cherry aromas are replicated on the palate. This is a wine that is easy to enjoy.
Redwood Creek 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
California, $8.00

500000 cases produced
(83)
Female: Red fruit and berry compote aromas. Sweet red fruit flavors turned heart at the finish. Pleasant.
Indigene Cellars 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon
Santa Maria Valley, $24.00

250 cases produced
(82)
Female: Sweet floral aromas. Tart red fruit with heavy vanilla notes in the mouth.
Westport Winery 2009 Charterboat Chick’s Cabernet Sauvignon
Washington State, $27.00

130 cases produced
(82)
Female: Light cherry with green pepper notes on the nose. Cranberry with orange accents in the mouth. Anise on the finish.
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